Drone Hill Fund set to help our villages

Attendees of the Renton School reuniting at Grantshouse Village Hall

Attendees of the Renton School reuniting at Grantshouse Village Hall

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Grants from the Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund have been announced, and four Berwickshire communities are set to benefit.

The total outlay of grants from the project comes to £7,850.

Duns Rugby Club will receive £2,500 to assist with their development officer’s work in local schools.

The grant will go towards the continued employment of a full-time development officer to promote rugby in the local communities of Reston and Auchencrow, Coldingham, Cockburnspath and Granthouse.

It is hoped that this will enable the club to encourage more of the region’s young people to get involved in sporting activities.

Robert Grigg, the club’s rugby development officer, said: “This grant means a lot to a club like Duns RFC and even more to the development officer role.

“This grant will help us offer rugby coaching sessions to local children, from Primary 1 to S6.”

He added: “This kind of work in the community is paramount for the future of clubs like Duns.”

Meanwhile, Coldingham Primary School’s PTA will receive £2,500 to install a community kitchen classroom.

Grantshouse Village Hall Committee will receive £912 to be put towards printing a book on the history of Renton School.

The Cockburnspath Village Hall Committee will make use of their £1,938 grant to purchase 50 chairs.

Launched in 2012, the Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund will provide £40,000 per year for the next 25 years, which will be shared among the four community council areas of Reston and Auchencrow, Coldingham, Cockburnspath and Granthouse.

Foundation Scotland manages the community fund on behalf of the developer.

The Foundation works with communities to help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long-lasting impact.